The Purpose for Today

By Ayal Hurst | October 21, 2017

In a book I was reading this morning, it said that everyone needs a purpose.  We need a purpose to get up in the morning. I think that this is true, but, there are all kinds of purposes.  Today, my main purpose was to be first of all, a chicken liberator.  Our chickens had been…

The Call of the Wild

By Ayal Hurst | October 19, 2017

It is sunset.  Dusk. The twilight colors of soft peach are peering above the tree line as I stand on our stone walkway, gazing out across the meadow at the ridge tops.  Something called me to come outside, and I went. I had been inside most of the day, surrounded by furniture, unmoving, contained air,…

What You Praise Increases

By Ayal Hurst | October 8, 2017

Thich Nhat Hanh, a beautiful spiritual teacher said: “The greatest gift we can give another is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they bloom like flowers.” And this is so true. Recently, I have been getting some beautiful comments on this blog. Often, when I get one, it makes me want to sit…

Fall Is Here

By Ayal Hurst | September 27, 2017

Fall is here in the mountains.  Not yet the miraculous color changes, in all of its glory, but a sense of ending, as each leaf silently lets go and drifts to earth. The days have been beautiful. I love the Fall. I love the deep sense of it – of things slowing down, the beauty…

We Cannot Hold Onto Anything

By Ayal Hurst | August 30, 2017

Our lives are a constant process of balancing and re-balancing.  Nothing stays the same.  If we were able to see life as it truly is, what we would see would be energy streams of different colors, in constant, fluid motion. Like the planet itself, we are made mostly of water – water and space.  There…

Ben and the White Butterfly

By Ayal Hurst | August 28, 2017

We have had many wwoofers come to be with us during our 3 years here at Homestead. ( World wide workers on organic farms – usually young people in their twenties come to do a work/trade situation – work for room and board and various instruction…, but sometimes older folk come, as well, who want…

Shamanic Death and Rebirth

By Ayal Hurst | August 20, 2017

Late the other night, I was suddenly woken out of a deep dream.  Not sure what was going on, I finally heard my husband saying: “There’s something in the room!” “Wha – what??”  I said, looking groggily around the floor for potential snakes or other critters. “FLYING!” said he. Then:  “”It’s a bat!” “A BAT??”…

The Burn Pile, and After

By Ayal Hurst | August 16, 2017

Recently, we went to a burn pile event at a neighbor’s.  He had invited us and some other folks to come hang out and picnic while the mound of this and that burnable stuff he had compiled burned down. We had also contributed some old, non usable wood to the pile, so we felt a…

Poison Ivy, the Protector

By Ayal Hurst | July 14, 2017

I am dealing with an outbreak of – oh joy – poison ivy.  It is having fun hopping from finger to finger, and down my arm, in spots and clumps of spots. Hopefully, it won’t continue to spread. I haven’t had a case of it for over 30 years. The last time I did get…

The Walk of Life

By Ayal Hurst | July 3, 2017

My husband and I have been having a good time building our whimsical, rustic, outdoor shower house these past few days. Occasionally, the neighbors up the road stop by to see how it’s coming along, ( “What are you up to now?” they will grin at us), and our good friend, Russ, who is an…

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